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    Bring a Powerful Zoom Camera, Video, Powerbank

    by machomikemd Written Oct 24, 2013

    Photo Equipment: If you are the intrepid shooter of lots of films and videos on your travels, then you must have a powerful optical zoom camera like a canon sx50 (which has a 50x optical zoom) or a nikon coolpix 510 (42x optical zoom). They are less bulky than the DSLR cameras and the zoom capacity lets you view and shoot objects and pretty girls from far away. Also have the new large capacity SDXC cards, which are better than the regular SDHC cards which can hold only up to 32 gigabytes of memory as compared to the SDXC cards which now have up to 256 Gigabytes of memories. perfect for shooting full hd videos and taking pictures at the same time as the new cameras like the canon sx50 and olympus sz-31 MR can do. Being in Historic Cairo and the Giza Pyramids means taking lots of pictures and Full HD videos as a momento of your journey. Have also a USB powerbank storage device (preferably the 8,400 mAH up to 10,000 mAH variety so that you can do multiple recharges on camera battery before recharging your USB powerbank).

    camera upper right, powerbank lower right handy camera powerbanks can also charge your smartphones portable cameras
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    by uglyscot Updated Jan 24, 2011

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: .

    Photo Equipment: film is available, and processing is quite good, even putting digital photos onto CD.
    Note, nowadays filming at some sites is forbidden- the Egyptian museum , and inside tombs.

    Bring adaptor plugs as Egypt has mainly two pin sockets, and narrow ones at that, so make sure you have different types available to ensure recharging camera batteries and mobile phones is possible.

    socket adaptor adaptor and camera charger plug with adaptors
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    Clothes, shoes, Meds, etc

    by Bryskiboy Updated Jun 28, 2007

    Luggage and bags: Pack light!!! Summer on cairo is hot and at night it's high 20's Degrees Celsius that is. There are lots of shops so if you need anything then you'll get it there, designer outlets the lot.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You can wear trainers/sneakers for anything that you do. I would recommend flip flops or sandals as well. Apparently in winter the days are hot but the dessert winds bring a slight chill. Sun Glasses a must as well as a hat, wide brimmed until you get used to the heat and sunblock.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take a roll of toilet paper just in case. Anything medical can be bought at a pharmacy, of which there are plenty. I got sun block for £2!!!!! You can get prescription stuff pretty easily as well.

    Photo Equipment: Mini SLR for big trips and point and shoot for light traveling.

    Miscellaneous: Drink lots of water!!!!!!

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    The do's and don'ts...

    by Kaysta Updated Mar 1, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: I'd carry a rucksack to have plenty of bottled water - there was two of us and i took 6 and it was gone by 3 pm that day. Also carry medical supplies, extra clothing, you have to take your passport, money etc. I'd recommend that you take some form of alcohol gel (anti-bacteria hand wash) and wash your hands requently, especially prior to food.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Cairo isn't as relaxed as Sharm, it's much more religious. I wore a t-shirt, shorts and trainers - i definately regret the trainers! I thought the pyramids would be amongst very sandy hills etc, but they were by ground with sand covering the rock floor. A lot of people in the group wore flip flops which i wish i did too. The weather was way too hot to wear trainers, my feet felt swollen and drawn. I'd also recommend you wear a hat as the heat is so high by the pyramids, and there is no where for to hide in the shade.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toilet paper! I know it may seem silly, but i went into the toilet at Cairo museum and i had to tip the lady to get one sheet of paper, which as you know isn't enough. I would also recommend you take any medical supplies with you...a small first aid kit with all the essentials if possible. I didn't see any shops where we visited that had any medical equipment, but i'm sure if needed they would be. I also took Dyralite, which you need as you are in the sun a lot, especially when seeing the Pyramids as it is slightly in the desert (just out of Cairo) so it is very hot. I'd also take any medication you are taking as i was away from the hotel just over 24 hrs. I also took basic things like paracetamol and immodium (a must in Egypt).

    Photo Equipment: A lot of memory - I took a 2GB memory card, depending what megapixel you use (i used 3) it would be more than enough.

    The Great Pyramid

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    Packing list for single parent

    by black-saturn Written Dec 12, 2006

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 4 outfits for each person,
    sun hats,
    swimming costumes,
    sanitary towels,
    antibacterial wipes,
    antibacterial spray,
    antibacterial soap,
    small torch,
    insect repellent,
    sleeping clothes,
    2 travel plug adaptors,
    video camera and charger,
    empty rucksack (incase we bring back more than we go with),
    US dollars travellers cheques and Egyptian money,
    Hair things.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I recommend you use antibacterial hand sanitiser about every hour and especially before you eat and use it as well as washing your hands.

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    by CandS Updated Aug 22, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Take a small bag pack with you for day trips...you will want/need something to put your bottled water in...as well as your camera and anything you might buy during the day...

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take good walking shoes...you will walk a lot! And also take some comfortable cool clothes for the hot weather you'll almost definitely get there.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take some sunscreen...you will need it and the sun in Egypt bites quickly!!!

    Photo Equipment: Take heaps of film or memory cards for your camera...you will need it!!

    Cario at night...
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    by cazz38 Written Jun 11, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: Egypt is a very hot country,make sure you drink plenty of water which can be bought in all the shops,have a good sun protector as well and you only need light clothing.Don't forget your camera and video and a good guide book.

    Sweltering heat.
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    Packing List

    by Gypsystravels Updated Apr 1, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Cool clothes, basically linen and cotton are the best to wear here. I try to take as little clothes as possible that I can mix and match. I also take all my other essentials; following is a list of things I would take along this type of trip, remember, adjust your clothing according to the season

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 2 pair of linen pants
    3 summer dresses cotton or linen which can go from day to night
    2 pair of Capri's
    3 pairs of shorts
    2 white t-shirts or tank tops
    1 dressy dress
    1 pair of flip-flops
    1 walking shoes for daytime touring
    2 pairs sandals
    2 bathing suits and 2 cover-ups
    one week’s worth of undergarments
    2-3 pajamas or oversized t-shirts for sleeping
    4 spare pairs of contact lenses
    contact lens solution
    spare glasses
    extra pair of sunglasses
    blow dryer (never leave home without it)
    travel iron
    cosmetics in a travel case
    my favorite shampoo and conditioner in travel sizes
    Guide books, itineraries, maps, an extra ATM card for withdrawal from savings if my regular card fails, 2 credit cards, $500 in cash for just in case of emergency
    extra travel bag to put all my purchases in.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I usually wear something comfortable and casual on my flight to my destination that can go from any weather (if it is winter in NY, then I wear a pair of jeans, walking shoes, t-shirt with a sweater on top and my jacket). I also carry my tooth brush (no morning breath here), something to read, glasses, contact case and travel solution, Tylenol (I usually get headaches during long flights).

    Photo Equipment: hand and body lotion travel size
    Tylenol, allergy medication and any other medication I am taking at the time
    Hair accessories, brush, hats or caps
    2 cameras, plenty of film and extra batteries for the camera

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    Packing List

    by Nobbe Updated Feb 22, 2005

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    Photo Equipment: Don't forget to bring a camera while visiting Egypt. My camera broke down at Cyprus just two days before my trip to Egypt... Rushed into the nearest photoshop and bought a cheap one, due to tight budget. But I'm glad I did!!

    Miscellaneous: Here: At the bottom of Cheops pyramid. This pyramid is the tallest of them all.

    Cheops Pyramid
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    by Saladinos Written Jan 5, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: Beaches on the Mediterranean and Red Sea coasts are generally unpolluted. Persons who swim in the Nile or its canals, walk barefoot in stagnant water, or drink untreated water are at risk of exposure to bacterial and other infections and the parasitic disease schistosomiasis (bilharzia).

    Make 2 copies of your passport identification page. This will facilitate replacement if your passport is lost or stolen. Leave one copy at home with friends or relatives. Carry the other with you in a separate place from your passport.

    Leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends at home so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.

    Do not leave your luggage unattended in public areas. Do not accept packages from strangers.

    9. In order to avoid violating local laws, deal only with authorized agents when you exchange money or purchase art or antiques

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    Packing List

    by dedeckerm. Updated Mar 21, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: I am sure that you can leave the follwing things at home !
    a cap,
    a shawl,
    a sweater,
    a ski-coat,

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunmilk, something for your stomach like 'motilium'='domperidonum' take 'imodium'='loperamidum' if you have diarrhoea and for your healing your intestines take 'ercéfuryl' ='nifuroxazide'.

    sun sun  sun enough !

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    Fighting the Heat - Part 1

    by aliante1981 Written Jan 2, 2004

    Miscellaneous: Travels to places like Egypt involves a lot of fighting the heat, especially if you, like me (I am still surprised as to why I did that), go there right in the middle of the summer. Hereýs a list of useful items to take:

    - Hats and other covering: Large brimmed hats that provide head covering and some shade. For women, they are also a proof of modesty, welcomed when visiting old churches and mosques. Scarves and the like covering shoulders and arms can keep the sun off during treks. A cloth hat or scarf can be soaked to help keep the head cool.

    - "Squeeze Breeze": this is a water bottle with a sprayer and a battery-operated fan attached. The beach toy to take with you!

    - Sun block: While sun blocks may be purchased in Egypt, people tend to prefer sticking with their own favourite brand (the skin, too, ýgets usedý to it), and thereýs not guarantee youýll find it on the spot. So take your own, if you have preferences!

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    B.Y.O.C....bring your own clothesline!!

    by morgane1692 Updated Aug 31, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: CARRY-ON luggage only!!! Trim your clothing down until this feat can be accomplished!!!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Cotton, cotton, COTTON!!!

    Miscellaneous: One of those portable little clotheslines, you can get them in the camping gear dep't of your local mega-super-discount store, THIS will become one of your best friends on the trip! You packed light, didn't you, so you'll be rinsing stuff out a lot, and it's nice not to have to drape everything all over the furniture when you do!!

    aaahhhh, clean clothes!!

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    by yasi Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: be carefull with your luggage.Mine were damaged.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: u'll need ligth clothes but at nigth it will be chill a bit.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Use bottled water even for brushing your teeth and be carefull for the ice in your drinks.Avoid using ice.

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    by ronco4704 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A broad brim hat! It was 50C (about 124F) in Luxor with 3% humidity.

    Photo Equipment: See my note under Warnings!

    Miscellaneous: A water bottle with the built in Charcoal/HEPA filter to purify any water. Then you don't have to rely on bottled water, although that is usually available. Iwould not drink any tap wter.

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